Mental Health & Addictions Service
No fees apply.
Fees and Charges Categorisation
Computer Program for Young People with Mild to Moderate Depression
- Programme Areas
Self help/ helpline, Mental health
- Programme Type
Online / e-mental health
All of New Zealand
- Age Groups
Youth / Rangatahi
- Referral Types
You do not need a referral - just go to www.sparx.org.nz and sign up.
If you or your teenager has depression, anxiety, stress or worries they can learn skills for dealing with depression and anxiety online, for free, with no appointment or referral needed using SPARX.
SPARX is a computer programme; it uses characters and a fantasy world to teach skills for dealing with depression and anxiety in real life. SPARX was developed at the University of Auckland. It has been tested and shown to work well and now it is funded by the Ministry of Health.
SPARX is aimed at teenagers, but parents and others can use it too.
- No-one else needs to know
- Your info is private
- You can use SPARX as well as seeing a health provider or getting other kinds of help
- SPARX will suggest other ways to get help if you need it.
Young people who used SPARX have felt less depressed, less anxious and said that SPARX has helped them to get on with others, feel positive and find the words to talk to adults about what is going on.
Trying out the first level will take about 20 minutes and will give you a good idea whether it is for you.
If you want to know more about evidence for SPARX, info for families or young people, check out the SPARX website for info and videos.